Image: Government Shutdown Continues Into Its Second Weekend
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TODAY   |  October 13, 2013

Sen. Harry Reid: ‘Nothing conclusive’ in shutdown talks

The government shutdown is heading into its third week and now a bigger deadline looms -- in just four days the nation will run out of money to pay its bills. Despite that, there is still no deal in sight. NBC’s Kristen Welker reports.

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>> the government shutdown is now 13 days old.

>> that's not all at this point. we're now just four days away from the country starting to run out of money to pay its bills.

>> still there is no deal on either crisis and no sense this morning that lawmakers are any closer to reaching an agreement. kristen welker is at the white house to tell us more. kristen , good morning.

>> reporter: lester, good morning. any hopes for a deal now rest with the senate where leaders will be back at the negotiating table today. with the markets set to open tomorrow, everyone from economists to average americans are hoping that progress comes soon. it's day 13 of the government shutdown and the public's patients with washington has just about run out.

>> enough is enough. we need to stop all this craziness.

>> reporter: the gridlock hurting small business owners like this florida-based fisherman.

>> the park being closed mean we can't go fishing. that means we can't make any money.

>> reporter: on capitol hill , a flurry of activity saturday with senate leaders, democrat harry reid and willing mitch mcconnell spearheading the conversations.

>> the conversations were extremely cordial, very preliminary, nothing conclusive.

>> reporter: the president met with top senators late in the day but no deal in sight. still more lawmakers are calling for compromise.

>> the voters have put in place split government. that means you don't get everything you want.

>> reporter: one bright spot this weekend, the statue of liberty , mt. rushmore and grand canyon is reopening thanks to state and private funding. arizona's republican governor jan brewer had harsh words for all of washington.

>> the state is stepping up, doing their job for them.

>> reporter: with the nation just four days away from potentially defaulting on its loans if lawmakers don't raise the debt ceiling, there are deep worries about the economy. in an exclusive interview with david gregory airing on "meet the press," imf chief christine lagarde said the impact would be felt far and wide.

>> that would bring about so much uncertainty, so much risk of disruption, that the standing of the u.s. economy would, again, be at risk.

>> reporter: economists warn if a deal remains illusive, the markets could start to get jittery. democrats say they want the government reopened and the debt ceiling increased. republicans say they want concessions like scaling back a tax related to the president's health care law . erica, back to sglou kristen welker at the white house , thanks. david